New Zealand’s tour gets off to tu­mul­tuous start

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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“Prepa­ra­tion of the wicket was com­pro­mised by poor weather con­di­tions in Syd­ney early this week.

“In re­sponse, we’re work­ing with New Zealand Cricket to pro­vide al­ter­na­tive prepa­ra­tion for the team ahead of ... First Test.” The un­prece­dented scenes came af­ter Aaron Finch and Ryan Carters com­bined to record the high­est ever first-class open­ing part­ner­ship in Aus­tralia.

It’s the lat­est chap­ter in a far­ci­cal few days for the tourists, which be­gan with team man­age­ment mak­ing a last-minute bid to shorten the match from four days to three.

New Zealand man­age­ment also lob­bied to change the sta­tus of the match from be­ing a first-class fix­ture, but were told that was against the Me­moran­dam Of Un­der­stand­ing agreed upon by both coun­tries at the start of the tour.

The Black Caps’ bid to shorten the match was due to a de­sire to get to Bris­bane ear­lier to ac­cli­ma­tise.

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